Through the Speak Up Survey findings on how teachers, librarians, and administrators are using technology for their professional career and ways those experiences are driving new plans and policies for technology use in school, Meris Stansbury helps us better understand how the increased familiarity of educators to new technologies is changing the classroom experience!!
The iSchool Initiative is a student-led, non-profit organization that is dedicated to revolutionizing the education system through innovative technology. With a mission to inspire and educate students on how to become life long digital learners in the information age, iSchool Initiative raises awareness for the technological needs of the classroom, providing collaborative research on the use of technology in the classroom, and guiding schools in the implementation of this technology.
Featuring one more Edudemic article on Challenges, Strategies, Features and Apps associated with effective and engaging Mobile Learning Design.
A lot has been written so far about the new web 2.0 educational contexts usability, a lot of applications have been presented, a lot of media analysed, a lot of tools commented.
With EdTech news feeds crowding up teachers “RSS aggregators” and educational sites/ magazines/blogs (e.g. edtech K-12, Getting Smart, Education World, EmergingEdtech) stuffed with astronomically growing numbers of all sorts of cloud based educational resources, programs, promotional messages and reviews of all types and formats, there come times educators feel helpless when having to decide which edtech choice would be most appropriate to different teaching circumstances, especially, when low web 2.0 familiarisation degree and school media specialist absence are the case.
If time is not an issue, then the best approach would be to experiment. However, if there is only a relatively brief timespan, then peer recommendations are the safest way to go!!
When undecisive on the applicability or learning impact of an edtech tool, it’s advisable to have a look at the edshelf where fellow teachers’ ratings help make the right choices for your classroom. Next, take your pick from Edubloggers Directory to stay updated on peer reviews, successful tech integration strategies, articles on current trends and latest research outcomes.
Networking, collaborating, connecting, communicating with other educators will soon enough ensteel your confidence and enhance your ability to put together lots of valuable resources in no time just like the ones in my 4iDesk Livebinder Shelf and at this point I feel the need to express my appreciation to Tina and Barbara @LiveBinders for their unique inspiration to find ways to assist educators putting in order the webtech chaos to our greater benefit!!
At San Francisco University High School, they embarked on an exciting step forward in their academic and technological growth, through the introduction last fall of a 1:1 iPad program. Through this program, every student received an iPad during the opening days of the 2011–2012 school year. With such great strides come a lot of questions. Still wondering how certain aspects of this program could work for your own institution? A read-through the iPad Initiative Implementation Team Answers to FAQs will provide you with all the necessary guidance through the entire process…
No one could have ever predicted the recent revolutionary outburst of educational technology and certainly nothing in the HigherEd curriculum could have prepared us all to the new sharing, networking and collaborating realities.
These past few years had indeed been a true revelation. For most of those educators that hadn’t taken the time to go beyond the Microsoft Office Suite, loyal to Web 1.0 frame and Education 1.0 principles where personal computers were just for web browsing and word/excel/email necessities, they found themselves soon forced to follow the generations Z and generation C high speed connection channels.
It’s true that teaching the old masters new tips and tricks can become a time consuming and arduous task especially when alongside with professional and family obligations.
However, after having already mastered the basics, a careful preselection of the right apps and delivery methods for your target audience’s learning needs is a good start to finding your way through the edtech maze.
LiveBinders for teachers could be a good place to begin with.
There are also a lot of exceptional educational blogs out there that provide listings of Web 2.0 tools and online/offline applications along with their administrators’ professional opinions and evaluations that a teacher/learning enhancement advisor/personal learning facilitator can highly benefit from, some of my own favourites being The Innovative Educator, A Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet, CristinaSkyBox and Free Technology for Teachers.
The Edubloggers directory, the Edublog awards, the Immersive Education Initiative and CODiE awards can undoubtedly give you an idea of what is currently available in the edreform, edtech, transforming instructional design and practice areas.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with student connecting and collaborating tools,(Livebinders-twiddla), take mlearning seriously because it’s here to stay, subscribe to edtech magazines and organisations, never miss an opportunity to take part in workshops and seminars, stay tuned to scivee, youTube channels for the latest videocasts in your fields and
keep on following , connecting, integrating!!!
Over the last decade we have seen an enormous growth in use of technology within education. From the use of laptops and digital projectors to smartboards and VLE’s all of which have been aimed at improving learning.
The question is whether educator adoption of replicative technologies eventually will lead to more transformative, student-centered uses of digital learning tools or whether the current wave of educator tool usage simply will be replaced by whatever is the next generation of replicative technologies….
2nd European Immersive Education Summit
26th and 27th November 2012
École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratif EnsAD (Paris, France)
There is a growing interest in the use of virtual and mixed-reality environments for online teaching and learning. Immersive Education gives participants a sense of “being there” even when attending a class or training session in person isn’t possible, practical, or desirable, which in turn provides educators and students with the ability to connect and communicate in a way that greatly enhances the learning experience. Originally available only to university students, the next generation of Immersive Education is focused on a broad spectrum of academic and non-academic users (higher education, K-12, and corporate training).
iED Summits are official Immersive Education Initiative conferences organized specifically for educators, researchers, and administrators. iED Summits consist of presentations, panel discussions, break-out sessions and workshops that provide attendees with an in-depth overview of immersive learning platforms, technologies and cutting-edge research from around the world. iED Summits feature new and emerging virtual worlds, learning games, educational simulations, mixed/augmented reality, and related teaching tools, techniques, technologies, standards and best practices….